Cancellation of Bromley school nursing services confirmed

Bromley Council have confirmed they will not renew their school nursing service in 2017.

In April News Shopper reported that continuation of the service was under review, threatening 29 jobs.

Nurses were formally informed on Monday (June 20) that the service will definitely be cancelled on March 31 2017.

Unison regional officer Michael Walker said in April: “The sacking of 29 school nurses and the disbanding of the Bromley School Nursing services is exactly what UNISON feared would happen if Councils secured control of NHS services.

Labour councillor for Crystal Palace ward Angela Wilkins said: “The role of school nurses may sound old fashioned, but the role is no longer one of looking for nits and handing out vaccine-impregnated sugar lumps.

“This isn’t a role we can expect teachers to take on. Nor can children just take themselves off to the GP if they are worried about something.”

A Bromley Council spokeswoman said: “Bromley Council is working with partners in Bromley to review the nature and provision of all of our children’s health services, including school nursing, because we believe that together we can achieve better value for money as well as improved services for children and young people in Bromley.

“We will also be engaging with schools as part of this review.”

Are you a school nurse or a parent whose child will be affected by these changes? Contact jessica.clark@london.newsquest.co.uk

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